Oct 11 AT 12:42 PM Taylor Wimberly 57 Comments

Motorola Droid Terminator is Sanjay’s baby, coming to multiple carriers early next year

Motorola is secretly working on a dual-core superphone featuring NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor which will be the flagship device for the upcoming release of Gingerbread. Both Motorola’s CEO and NVIDIA’s CEO have confirmed the phone exists, but you will not find many people talking about it because Motorola has issued some of the strictest non-disclosure agreements the industry has ever seen.

I don’t want to over-hype this device, but it is going to make the current generation of Android phones look like toys and this is the reason Motorola doesn’t want you to know about it. Imagine what would happen if people knew that waiting a couple more months would get them a dual-core Gingerbread phone with 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance. It would greatly damage the sales of Motorola’s Android 2.1 phones this holiday season and that is why Motorola employees have been instructed not to talk about it.

As some of you know, Motorola will split into two companies next year and Sanjay Jha will take over as CEO for Motorola Mobility. I was told by a current Motorola employee that the Tegra 2 phone is “Sanjay’s baby” and it will be his early defining moment as leader of the new Motorola Mobility. That pretty much kills a holiday release because this device is so important to Sanjay’s new company that he does not want to rush a release it before it’s ready.

Originally we thought the dual-core phone, which we are calling the T2 or Terminator, would be a Verizon exclusive, but a source familiar with the project has informed me I was wrong and it will ship on multiple carriers (similar to Samsung’s strategy with their Galaxy lineup). We also hoped the phone would launch this year, but the latest evidence I have suggests it will be unveiled at CES on January 5th.

Believe it or not, I was also told that Verizon might not even be the first carrier to launch the Terminator. I’ve heard some rumors that Verizon could make it their first 4G LTE phone, so that might be the reason why they need additional time and another carrier would have it out the door first.

So what else have I heard about the Terminator? This may not come as a surprise, but it is going to be a mobile gaming powerhouse. Google’s Andy Rubin recently said, “gaming is an area that I think is underserved right now” and hinted Gingerbread would be the Android release to address that issue. I was told that the Terminator’s hardware was virtually finished and Motorola is just waiting on the software to reveal the device. This leads me to believe that several game developers will have launch titles ready for when the phone finally ships.

We reached out to both companies seeking a comment when Sanjay Jha confirmed the phone was coming, but only NVIDIA responded.

“Yes, we are working with Motorola. If you have questions, please check with Motorola, as we’re under NDA.”Matt WuebblingProduct Marketing Director, Mobile Business at NVIDIA

That doesn’t exactly say much, but what did you expect? Motorola could be one of NVIDIA’s biggest customers so I’m sure they want to keep them happy.

What are your thoughts on the Motorola Terminator? If you are in the market for a new Android phone, will you wait till next year or grab the best available device that gets released before Christmas? What other possible concerns do you have about owning a dual-core phone that would need to be addressed before you forked over your hard earned cash?

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • http://Website Jerry

    I find it interesting that this is coming out the day Windows launches … Motorola wants to make sure people hold off on buying WP7 phones since they won’t be launching one

  • http://Website Brandon

    Just to let you know this may turn out as the Droid Beast on Verizon.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    If it does come to all 4 carriers I hope Sprint kicks in a exclusive 4G and this baby better have awesome quality specs. I don’t want this and that because it is the newest and best out now. They need to take advantage of the tech they have and push it to it’s limits. For example:

    If it has a high number of mega pixels. I want awesome quality. High number of MP doesn’t mean better picture. iPhone 4 has 5 and takes better pictures then the EVO which has 8. Tegra alone I know will do it’s justice with the graphics. It being dual should give it speed. Awesome design and something a little unique . Guess we will see.

  • http://Website Bob

    I’m in the market and I am waiting. It being LTE capable would be amazing! I am worried about using my upgrade before an LTE phone and if this is it, then it is everything I want. Dual core, front-facing camera, and LTE! Nice!

  • http://twitter.com/MetalMessiah78 MetalMessiah78

    I find it funny that the news article below this one is “MOTOFAIL? 6 of 7 new phones will ship with old Android OS”.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yes, Motorola clearly has two classes of devices. Those high-end phones targeted towards the geeks like us and those mid-range ones for the uninformed masses.

      • http://Website Hans

        So are you saying that those who don’t buy high end android phones are ignorant? Not everyone wants/needs a high end phone. Some people actually like low end devices.

        • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

          Not at all. I’m referring to a previous post. See MOTOFAIL. There are lots of new low-end Android 2.2 devices I would recommend including the LG Optimus coming to Sprint and T-Mobile.

      • http://Website mark_in

        Why do you think 2.1 phones are a fail? Do you know what it takes get through the ATT test process?

      • http://Website John

        Your wrong….. Motorola does have 2 classes of phones, ones are Droids on verizon, others are outdated and not supported motorblur phones on other carriers. And we would not call them mid-range, more like low-end devices. Not uninformed masses..

  • http://Website Phil

    Very interesting. It doesn’t look like Microsoft will have the spotlight for long at all. As soon as Moto releases this thing all the other phone makers have to jump to counter and I don’t get the feeling they will be able to do that with WP7 any time soon.

  • http://Website sha

    But who cares if there’s no games for it ? just had a look at WP7 and it will have more cool games at day zero than Android has now… I couldn’t care less but many others will :\

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    If Motorola could put a high end phone on every major network, I think it would be huge for them.

    Also, I think that the 2.1 moto phones will do a plenty good job damaging their own sales. They don’t need anyone else for that.

  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I hope carriers will add a native video call feature and it can work through wifi and 4G or LTE in other cases. Like when you press the talk button you can have an option to video call and not always have to use an app.

  • http://Website hector

    I want one :(

  • http://Website Edgeman

    Does not matter, Motorola could make the greatest phone ever created, but as long as they keep locking them down like they did my Droid X, I will never buy a phone from them again, and I personally think nobody else should. We need to vote with our wallets and refuse this crap they are trying to foist on us. HTC, Samsung, anyone else, will be right there to pick up the slack where Motorola constantly fails.

    Motorola will NEED a tegra powered phone in order to run the crapware they always put on their phones. My battery is constantly drained by their crapware. Imagine if all laptops required you to keep their shovelware that comes preinstalled on them. This is EXACTLY what Motorola is asking you to do, and that should be unacceptable.

    • http://Website bill

      My battery on the W360 is always dead daily. What do they run that I don’t see?
      I’m concerned that the Moto phone quality has dropped since they outsourced the making of them. I prefer the controls, but not the hassles of having a lemon…
      Thanks, Billy

      • http://Website Billy

        Ouch…that was a W380…

  • http://Website DeboStevo

    I am sooooo amped for this phone. But there has to be other people out there besides me that think Motorola needs to slow their roll with pumping out Droids. I don’t like the fact that my gen 1 Droid went from flagship phone to an average phone in the span of 5 months.

  • http://Website Kam

    Could this also be the Project Emerald for t-mobile???!?!?!!?

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  • http://Website Al

    errrr at this rate, I’ll never be able to get a new phone. If this drops in Jan w/o 4G, then they’ll announce 4g phones coming in a few months and I’ll be forced to wait on that to. Or just suck it up and realize that I’m not getting the best bang for my buck and enjoy it now.

    Moto, Bring t2 for Christmas and I’ll never forsake you for HTC again :p

    • http://Website Dethduck


      Come to the HTC Side!

      We have cookies!

  • http://Website Rob

    I want this phone and screwed. My 1 year contract on my Droid is up 11/6 which means I will be without warranty until this comes out. I did not want to buy the X because of this phone.

    • http://Website alissa

      im right with you! my contract is up in nov and im not gettin the Droid X bc of this so it better live up to all this hype im reading about it or im going to be very upset!! i hate waiting!! ugghh

      • http://Website Flighinhigh

        I also have 6 months left, so last night I bought a used D1 to bring me into the fold, and I can now wait for the T2 with LTE. Will be nice to be off the HTC Ozone with bloatware OS. Now I can start playing, rooting, and maybe doing ROMs. If I create a rock of the phone then I can move back to the HTC Ozone and impatiently wait for the T2.

  • http://Website Khris

    I was calling for the next moto line to be terminator… And was saying it because it’s time we had a phone with A.I.

    Man I hope I am right!

  • http://Website jim

    What are the chances of moto dropping the bluresque crap and keeping with straight android with gingerbread? I don’t want no steenking extra UI.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Considering that Google is working with Motorola on this device I’d say the chances are good, but that is all up to the carrier.

      My guess is Verizon will brand it a Droid device, Sprint will load their ID user interface on it, AT&T will make it a locked-down Yahoo! phone, and T-Mobile does whatever Google tells them to so maybe it will be stock.

  • http://Website Jeffsandroid

    I would say the chances of stock Android are slim but not non-existent. Motorola dropped the first phone with Eclair in the Droid, so if turns out to be the first phone with Gingerbread Google may require them to leave it alone. They’ll still probably lock it down similar to how HTC did with the G2 running stock Froyo. Either way it should TERMINATE the competition for a while.

  • http://Website TheDroidMan

    There is no way Motorola will release a phone in January that will not have a LTE radio. If it is not ready for LTE, then they will delay it until it is. There would be no reason for me to buy a new phone when the net it is on will be the same speed as it is now. I don’t play games on the phone so there would be nothing added for me.

  • t1h5ta3

    lol… to think Moto’s releseing a ” flag ship 3.0″ device, but at the same time its also scedualed to be releseing several otheres that are still on 1.6 and 2.1? wtf?

    come on. when company’s pledge ” no device left behind” then release new devices with year+ old firmware it shows there comitment to profit, not to the end user.

  • http://Website tottyRICE

    UGH i hate waiting… i been waiting for 3 months already for a dual core phone to come out this holiday season and now it won’t be coming till next year OMG!!!

  • http://Website josh

    Its always hard to not get on the hype train. But look at all the people that burned there upgrade on droid x, and this be released a quarter later… pretty much making the dx extinct. Yea yea, technology is always changing and you can’t wait forever but these specs are crazy

  • http://Website Noctx

    Should I buy the captivate when it comes out for wait for this phone to come out January? I’m in Canada so no ATT or Verizon, i’m on Rogers so…..we wouldn’t get this phone for some time which would mean I would have to buy it retail online…

  • http://Website zjoe

    5″ HD screen please

    • http://Website tottyRICE

      lol 5″ wow that’s going to far for a “cell phone”

  • http://Website jayy336


    If the specs of this thing are amazing, but the UI has some Blur type crap on it, i WILL NOT buy it.

    • http://Website Tyrone

      Chances are it will have Blur like widgets or Ninja Blur whatever they call it now.

  • http://Website Tyrone

    The Droid Terminator, would be a Verizon exclusive, Surprise, Surprise!!! gotta love Motorola favoritism on making business moves like this.

  • http://Website Nick A.

    I will definitely wait for this phone or any other Verizon LTE and Gingerbread capable phone. I bought a Blackberry 9630 about 15 months ago. I’ve been counting down the weeks until I can finally join the Android movement. I’ve managed to hold off grubbing a family member’s upgrade for the Incredible, X, Droid 2 or even the upcoming Droid W.E. I am trying so hard to hold out until my upgrade finally becomes available. If the iPhone does actually drop in January for Verizon. . . this Terminator device could be just the thing that keeps me away from Apple.

    • http://Website Bill

      I agree!!

  • http://Website John

    Motorola is crapware, and unworthy of any customer’s money. They don’t take care of their customers one bit, they have not once upgraded any of their phones on any other carrier besides verizon, and it will continue on this. If this launches just watch the device on verizon will have the latest OS version and all other carriers will probably have 2.1 with motoblur which will never get updated. They will try to string you along saying an update is coming but never will deliver it.

    Friends don’t let friends buy Motorola

    • http://Website Hans

      I hate anti-company comments like these. Sure, Motorola may not update all their phones(only Verizon Droids), but that doesn’t mean you have to boycott the company. Not everyone sho buys an android phone even knows that there’s different versions of the OS. Some people just want a phone that does what they need it to do. Plus, Motorola DOES update their phones. It’s just not always an OS update.

      • http://Website Mark

        Sounds like another clueless loser in the dark. Lots of people know the difference in the android versions now. If you were to go to a school and ask everyone from grades 6 and up, or even go to a college and do a poll, you’d be shocked at how many people do know what versions of android are good and old. I did a recent poll at a university of 30,000 students and the results were 95% knew what the current version of android was which phones were running the lastest version

        • http://www.nashvilletn-real-estate.com Dean W.

          I call BS on that comment. I’m in real estate (a market drowning in iPhones) and more and more Androids are popping up. Know what? Most just wanted a phone that did the same as an iPhone on their own carrier. Or liked the phone. Or it was the newest. But most of them barely knew it was an “Android” phone… or thought their new EVO was actually a “Droid EVO” (damn you, Verizon!).

          95%? Sadly, I’m pretty sure less than 95% would be able to correctly answer “Who was the first man on the moon?”, much less a detailed tech question about a specific mobile OS and the phones it is currently on.

    • http://Website Ed

      Or maybe friends just don’t let their friends be on other, crappier, networks.

    • http://Website hater

      lol u must have a different network other then vzw. its called exclusive rights. kind of like apple with att. well motorola usa has exclusive rights with vzw when it comes to high end android phones. if you were sanjhay wouldnt u do the same thing if the money is there on the best network? makes sense to me.

  • http://Website Noel

    More reason to wait it out…My Nexus one still serves me well..and can handle its own when compared to the recent phone releases. Waiting 3 to 5 month more for upcoming dual core devices with new chips from Nvidia and others won’t hurt. I will drool over the recent releases but i will try to hold firm till next year….except one tempting upcoming device..the Mytouch HD

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  • http://Website Manny

    I really hope this T2 phone isn’t just a Verizon exclusive. I would love for it to make a debut on Sprint, and maybe even on AT&T and T-Mobile a là Samsung Galaxy. That would certainly rattle things.

  • http://Website Vasily

    Great News! I want this superphone. I could do anything to recieve it!

  • http://Website MAX

    Intersting! android 3.0, dual core processor lots of games? whant this

  • http://Website Brian

    I’ve got the HTC Hero on Sprint, and am up for a new phone. I don’t want to wait until this comes out only to find out that it’s got crap on it. I’ve never had a Motorola before, so I don’t even know what to expect.
    I’m thinking I might just bite the bullet and get an EVO for now…no matter what I do, I’m sure I’ll regret it.
    Why can’t we just get vanilla Android??

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  • http://Website anonymous

    Can anybody tell me which one is Sanjay, they both look alike (like brothers)

  • http://Website James

    I am willing to wait for the Droid T2 if it is not LTE. LTE will need to have glitches worked out, cover more areas in the country, and have a lower monthly price before I would buy one.But the dual core, Gingerbread, 4.3″ screen, front facing camera on the Droid T2 is my first choice (w/o LTE). My second choice is HTC Incredible HD due about November 23. Both of these would be a welcomed update from my Blackberry Curve! And before Christmas would be an extra plus!